Rashad Evans' days as a top light heavyweight contender may be over.
Not because he's not a good fighter anymore, but because we've already seen him face Jon Jones and we saw how that story ended. Evans is beginning the downside of his career, while Jones is continually getting better.
I'm not sure we ever need to see that fight again. I can't imagine it would go any better for Evans, and he might just fare far, far worse than he did in April. Which is to say he'd have very little chance at all.
But a drop to middleweight? That's something I can get behind. Though he started his UFC run as a bloated heavyweight, Evans is still undersized even at light heavyweight because, well, 205 is his natural weight. I've always supported the idea of him dropping down to middleweight, and it looks like he's finally giving the idea some consideration.
Via Rashad Evans' interview with Dan Theodore of prommanow.com:
Anderson (Silva) is somebody I would love to fight because when it’s all said and done, whether you win or lose, to compete against the best in the sport is really what it’s all about. You know, if I can walk away from my career and say I competed against some of the best in the sport in my time and era, then I can wrap up and say I had a really great career. So if the opportunity comes, and that fight happens, yeah, I would drop to 185 to fight.
Now this is an idea, right? Give Evans one fight at middleweight against someone like, oh, Michael Bisping. That's a rematch I wouldn't mind seeing. Give the winner a fight against Anderson Silva. Everybody wins.